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Tickets of the Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam rail system


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large_1840343_14290613031848.jpgIn Paris [Paris-travel-guide-471458] you will likely use the Metro the most. It's underground and runs on rubber tires so it's not as screeching noisy compared to trains with metal wheels. I am wasn't able to research much about the Mobilis or a Paris Visite pass hence we would always purchase our tickets from the vending machine. Besides, we planned to walk much of Paris so we chose a centrally located hotel not far from Notre Dame and the banks of the Seine.

The vending machines have gone digital and touchscreen since the late 1990s but they still issue a paper ticket stub that has a magnetic strip. Credit cards are already accepted but that would be risky, not to mention expensive if your credit card charges fees for international transactions.

In other countries, tickets are fancier. I especially liked the SCNF tickets which could be booked online and printed - or better yet, downloaded and stored to the Passbook of my iPhone. However the train conductors would be more interested in stamping/scanning the paper ticket than scanning the VR code on my iPhone. In any case, I always keep a copy digitally and on paper. It is just a bit of a hassle keeping paper dry and stored properly in one's backpack - unlike the phone which is usually readily available within seconds.

Overall, the train system is quite efficient and I would continue to use this transport mode as my first choice when traveling within Europe.

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Posted by NT01 17:00 Archived in France

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